Blessings Follow Obedience
Day: 35 | Plan: Numbers
Today's Reading: Numbers 36
Numbers 36:6 (NIV) “This is what the LORD commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan.”
As we study today’s passage three words come to mind: “God is good.” Keep these words before you as we unfold a new story about Zelophehad’s daughters who we first met in Numbers 27.
As far back as Abraham, God promised His people they would one day take possession of the Promised Land. Through Moses, God fulfilled this promise by leading the Israelites to Canaan and giving each tribe its allotment of land.
Eventually, issues arose concerning the land, especially with regard to women. In Numbers 27, God instructed Moses that Zelophehad’s daughters (he had no sons) could inherit their father’s land to prevent it from passing to another tribe.
But with this instruction, new questions arose. Specifically, what happened to the family’s land (inherited by the daughter) if the daughter married into another tribe? As the law stood, her property (and thus her tribe’s property) passed on to her husband’s tribe, thus reducing her tribe’s portion of land and changing God’s original allotment.
Moses consulted with God and instructed that the daughters may marry anyone they please as long as they married within their father’s tribal clan, adding these clarifying words: “No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors” (Numbers 36:7).
Later in the passage, the author writes convicting words, “So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the LORD commanded Moses” (Numbers 36:10). When these sisters heard God’s command, they didn’t whine, complain or argue. Twice they had gone to God with their concerns. Twice God listened. And twice God declared an answer on their behalf. They knew and trusted God and His promises.
They knew God was good. Consequently, obedience came easily.
Friend, we can’t rely on and claim the benefits of God’s promises if we aren’t willing to obey His commands. God promises that His blessings follow our obedience. (Deuteronomy 28; Ephesians 6:1-3; Luke 11:28; Philippians 4:6-7)
Sometimes we might not agree with God’s commands. We might not even like them. But our God is good. All the time. His plans for us are for our good and for our protection. Zelophehad’s daughters knew these truths. All five obeyed and married within their father’s tribe. And because of their obedience, their land remained with their tribe.
Can we say the same? Do we obey without whining and complaining even when we don’t agree, or even like, what God is asking?
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Prayer: Father, I want a heart of obedience. A heart that trusts You are good all the time and trusts Your promises no matter what You ask. Even in the hard places. Even when I don’t understand. Oh, Father, give me a heart of obedience. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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